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Proposals for a common transfer test have been agreed by the two organisations that run the exams BBC News NI has reported.
The draft proposals have been put forward by negotiators representing the AQE and the PPTC and a consultation will now take place where grammar school principals and boards of governors with be part of the consultation process. However, a single test is unlikely to be in operation for at least two to three years even if there is agreement.

The 2017 intake information for Northern Ireland Grammar Schools requiring either the AQE or the GL Assessment have been published by the Belfast Telegraph. The link also been added to our Schools Intake Information page long with links to stats for previous years.

PPTC GL Assessment

Registration forms are now available for parents to register their child for the PPTC's 2017 GL Assessment.

Registration Packs are available from PPTC Assessment Centres or their websites, the PPTC website, or links are on our PPTC (GL Assessment) page.

The closing date for registration is 2pm on Friday the 22nd of September 2017.

AQE

Registration for the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) opens today.
If you wish for your child to sit the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) you must register them before the closing date using the 2017-18 AQE Registration Form.

Registration Forms are available to download from the AQE website, from an AQE Grammar School or from the AQE Office. Some Primary Schools may also be able to give you a form.

The Association of Quality Education (AQE) and the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) have issued a joint statement announcing that they want to produce a single transfer test, the BBC have reported.

The statement said "We believe this to be in the best interest of pupils, parents and schools," and that that their aim was to have a common test in place by November 2019.

The 2016 intake information for Northern Ireland Grammar Schools requiring either the AQE or the GL Assessment have been published by the Belfast Telegraph. They have also been added to our Schools Intake Information page.

The stats include the highest & lowest grades or scores accepted to gain entry into Grammar Schools in 2016 as well as the total number of children that applied and were accepted.

Education minister Peter Weir has said he is not going to waste his time striving for an unachievable political deal that would bring back a state selection test, the Belfast Telegraph and ITV News have reported.

Education minister announces U-turn on transfer test preparation

As reported by the BBC and the Belfast Telegraph, primary schools are now free to prepare pupils for the unregulated transfer tests after Education Minister Peter Weir reversed a long-standing departmental policy.

The chief executive of the Association of Quality Education (AQE) has said a single transfer test will not be possible for "at least three years" the BBC have reported.

Education Minister Peter Weir

The DUP’s new Education Minister Peter Weir has told the News Letter he will look at ways to make the use of academic selection across Northern Ireland easier for pupils, parents and schools.

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